Family and friends being interviewed by news crews.
The northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue was more chaotic than normal this afternoon as English and Spanish-language news crews descended on Echo Park to cover a sidewalk press conference featuring the family and friends of David “Dizzy” Martinez, who was shot multiple times last week by police officers. Officers said they fired upon Martinez because it appeared the 47-year-old Echo Park man was pointing a gun at them. But a weapon was not recovered. Martinez survived the March 19 shooting but remains at L.A. County-USC Medical Center, where he has undergone several operations and remains heavily sedated, his family said.
Martinez’ common-law wife, Gina Benavidez, said she and her 47-year-old husband and sister-in-law, Sophia Muñoz , went to buy tacos shortly after midnight on March 19 at a taco truck when the shooting occurred. He was not armed, Benavidez said.
Martinez was waiting at the corner of Sunset and Echo Park while his common-law wife, Gina Benavidez, and his sister, Sophia Muñoz, ordered tacos a block away on Logan Street when police cars raced down Sunset and the women heard shouting and then gunshots. “I thought he was dead,” Muñoz said of her brother as he lay bleeding on the sidewalk. “He would never hurt anyone.”
Both women said Martinez was not armed.
LAPD has provided only a few details of the shooting as the incident remains under investigation.
TV camerawoman shoots a scene in front of a cardboard “Get Well Dizzy” card set up near the sidewalk where he was shot.